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Trump says ‘it was obvious’ where COVID originated

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Former President Donald Trump sounded off on the origins of the COVID-19 virus in an interview with Newsmax Tuesday. He said he suspected the virus came from the Wuhan Virology Institute’s lab all along, but “people didn’t want to say China.” This interview came on the day the Wall Street Journal published a report on three staffers from the lab who sought treatment at a hospital for symptoms similar to COVID.

“I think it was obvious to smart people that’s where it came from,” the former president said. “I have no doubt about it, I had no doubt about it.”

Yet, “I was criticized by the press because China has a lot of people taken care of,” Trump said. “They took care of Hunter, they took care of Joe, they took care of everybody didn’t they? People didn’t want to say China.”

Trump suggested that reinstating the tariffs and taxes he imposed on China during his presidency could be a great way to punish China. “We have to be stronger than what we are right now,” Trump said.

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Number of illegal migrants from China, mostly single males, surpassing those from Mexico in some areas

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that the total number of apprehensions from China at the conclusion of the 2023 fiscal year, was 24,048 persons, more than 10 times the 1,970 arrests recorded in 2022. Of the more than 140,000 Chinese nationals, mostly single males, who have illegally entered the United States since President Joe Biden took office, does not include persons who have evaded capture.

In one California border sector, where the majority are apprehended, CBP announced that between October and February, the 21,000 encounters with Chinese citizens surpassed the 18,700 Mexicans taken into custody.

Foreign Desk News explains that the migrants will typically fly to Ecuador, as there is no visa requirement, then pay guides to transport them to the U.S. border. Many of the transients will claim asylum on the basis that they are victims of the oppressive regime in Beijing.

The influx has caused concern in Washington over the possible national security implications, such as how on March 27, an unnamed Chinese individual was arrested for attempting to enter the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, without identification.

The Wall St. Journal reported that unauthorized Chinese citizens, often posing as tourists, attempted to access or surveil sensitive U.S. military instillations more than 100 times in recent years.

Last summer, House Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green (R-TN), announced that his committee had obtained evidence from the U.S. Border Patrol confirming that many of the detained, and later released per Biden administration policy, have ties to China’s People’s Liberation Army.

 

 

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